What to expect traveling to Cuba as an American
Maybe you want to visit Cuba and learn more about its culture. There are many things you can do and see here, and Cuba has become an increasingly popular destination for Americans. However, there are some things you should know about this country before visiting.
First of all, be prepared to need a Visa. The Visa process can be quite complex, however Cuba welcomes almost anyone. If you want to take a trip to Cuba, be prepared to do some paperwork and pay around $100 on the required papers. Also, you may notice it s quite difficult to find a direct flight from the US. If you have a tourist card, the process will be a lot more simple but you will need to pay more upon boarding. Make sure to check the Cuban travel section of the airline sites in order to learn more about the fees and requirements.
When you are searching for a flight, you may notice some engines do not show flights to Cuba. These include Expedia and Orbitz, however some other sites like Momondo do show them. Make sure to use a site that will show you the available flights in order to make the best decision.
If you are wondering about when to go, you should know that the best seasons are mid November and until March. You can visit Cuba at anytime, but be aware that weather can get quite stormy especially in August. However, if you are not bothered by the weather, this country is beautiful to visit regardless of the season.
One thing that will make your trip to Cuba easier is to buy a tour. These are more expensive to buy in US, but they will spare you quite a lot of hassle. You may be able to find tours while in the country as well, for even cheaper, but beware that it could be difficult and hectic.
If you expect Internet to work just as well as in the US, you will find out you were mistaken. Technology is quite hard to find in Cuba, and Internet cafes are a rare sight. You would be much safer if you print out all your needed documents and papers before leaving. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need travel insurance for your trip to Cuba, You could be denied entry if you don’t have one, however this only happens rarely. If you want to stay on the safe side, you should probably get insurance before departing for your trip.
Make sure to tell you bank you will be traveling to Cuba, as Americans are not allowed to use debit or credit cards while in this country. This is quite of a hassle, but you should have all the cash you need for the trip before leaving and exchange your dollars upon arrival.
Following this guide will make your vacation to Cuba a lot more interesting and fun. You will probably make a lot of memories to share with your friends back home.